In addition to the existing photovoltaic systems of the Gasteiner Bergbahnen, the planned solar park at the Schlossalm valley station represents a milestone in efforts to achieve energy independence. The new project should save around 170 tons of CO2 emissions per year. The architects Innerhofer or Innerhofer have designed 65 “solar trees” of different sizes and orientations in order to create a visually appealing and varied overall picture. All modules are installed at an angle so that snow can slide off and electricity can also be produced in winter.
In a simulation, the 800 panels in total delivered an annual yield of 364,500 kilowatt hours. With this amount of electricity, the lifts of the Schlossalm could be operated throughout the winter without a feeder. The planned "solar trees" will be built on an already sealed area and existing parking spaces will not be lost due to the special arrangement.
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